ROCHESTER, Minn. – The green is looking awfully white this April, which is keeping golf courses closed in Spring.
“The last three years we’ve been open March 21st, March 9th, and March 12th, and here it is today, April 8th, and we’re not open yet.” Scott Rindahl, Manager at Willow Creek Golf Course said.
He said he thinks every golf course in the area is getting concerned.
“Usually by this time we’ve been open a few weeks, with no revenue coming in, it hurts” he said. “Golf is so weather related, it’s a fact of life.”
Scott said there’s not much he can do to prepare the course other than be patient for mother nature.
“The course needs to snow melt, dry a little bit, get rid of the frost, the frost is a big thing too, there’s still frost on the ground. And who knows when that could be,” he said.
Scott said he gets calls asking when the course will be open, a sign people are eager to get back to putting. And a hopeful sign for business.
“If you’re a golfer, you’re addicted to it and you want to get outside and play golf. And you keep looking at the calendar…we’re not open yet. So that pent-up energy, or golf energy, from people is going show up once the weather does straighten out,” Scott said.